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4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,888 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 042014

Dakota

  • 73,647 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that he was informed that the upper ball joint was worn. The independent mechanic informed the contact that the upper ball joints need to be replaced to repair the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,647.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 122007

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I started noticing a "lurch or lateral shift" of the front end during tight left and right turns at low speed (35 mph or less). Driving at highway speeds on straight roads did not indicate any problems. Recently, during a brake system inspection, significant "slop / free movement" at the upper ball joint & wheel knuckle assembly connection was noted (> 0.5"). I researched the problem and discovered the NHTSA issued recall for "upper ball joint failures on 2000-2003 Dodge Dakotas" as well as the Dodge issued tsb for the same defect. I took my 2001 Dakota in to a Dodge dealer for the recall repair. The Dodge dealer and Chrysler both conveniently took the position that my VIN was not part of this recall, therefore they were not responsible for making the repair. My vehicle has the same failure mode described in the NHTSA recall and the Dodge issued tsb. The NHTSA should force Dodge to expand the scope of VIN's covered by the recall to include all 2000-2003 Dakotas that experience premature ball joint failures. A safety related suspension component should not fail at 50,000 miles. To arbitrarily exclude some vehicle VIN's from the recall even though they have the same defects is dishonest and not in the best interest of the traveling public. I urge the NHTSA to force Dodge/Chrysler to repair this defect on all 2000-2003 Dakotas.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #19

May 082011

Dakota

  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the passenger side upper ball joints arm separated from the wheel. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic shop where the contact was awaiting repairs. The dealer was contacted who offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #18

Dec 062007

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2001 Dakota quad cab 4X4 purchased new and the inside of the front rotors wear out extremely fast. They become damaged on the inside of the rotor appearing extremely rusted and as if maybe they overheated on the inside. 64,000 and this has happened 2 times. Dealers deny this is common, my brother has a 2002 (purchased new) and has had the same problem. Ball joints failed on both trucks, steering rack and rear differential leaks on both.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #17

Jan 072005

Dakota

  • miles
Dodge Dakota 2001, consumer replaced ball joints. The consumer had to pay for a 2 wheel alignment after the ball joints were replaced. The consumer feels the alignment should have been included in the replacement.

- Jim Falls, WI, USA

problem #16

Feb 012005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
'recall campaign' concerning upper ball joint wear. Driving on tires that are worn out unevenly. The consumer could not get the tire aligned and had been driving on the tires that are worn out unevenly. The alignment reading was totally off due to the failing ball joints and the shop would not rotate the tires.

- Paia, HI, USA

problem #15

Jun 142004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Dodge Dakota had many problems with the drive train and brakes. The consumer heard a clunking noise when shifting from park to drive, reverse, etc. The rear tire on the right side stuck out from the vehicle. The driveshaft seemed to have alot O slack in it. There was a popping noise in the front end when making sharp slow turns. There was a whining noise in the steering and rear end when turning. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer but they were unable to duplicate the problems. The brake, rotors, calipers had to be replaced between 55-8000 miles.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #14

May 172004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 35,000 miles
2001 Dodge Dakota has been diagnosed with bad ball joints.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #13

Apr 212004

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • 10,000 miles
Consumer experienced problems with the upper ball joints on is 2001 Dodge Dakota 4X4 quad cab. The ball joints were replaced but the front end noise returned after a few weeks. The consumer believes that the front suspension is not designed or the extra weight that it carries over the standard or extra cab models.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #12

Oct 012004

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
2001 Dodge Dakota had several ball joint replacements at low miles. All the ball joints were covered under warranty.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #11

Oct 282004

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • 56,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Dodge Dakota had a clunk in the front end when driving over bumps. It was later determined that the ball joints had failed at low mileage.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #10

Jul 152003

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Right front ball joint had to be replaced because of excess wear on tires and loose driving. I now have just over 50K miles and have been told that both right and left ball joint need to be replaced. Truck has a terrible ride and a Dodge dealer stated that my problem would not be covered under any bullitin or warranty. Cost is estimated to be over $1200

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 012000

Dakota

  • miles
A continuous "clunk" in the front left suspension which the consumer was told was the ball joints. The left side was at "380 degree" and the oe specific was "0, " and needed to be replaced. A non dealer told the consumer that the original design was poor.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #8

Mar 242004

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
While driving, the front of the truck began to shake along with a noise. The consumer inspected the front and noticed the passenger side tire had come off. The consumer was able to pull the entire tire off with his hands because the ball joint had failed..

- Schoharie, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 232003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I have had problems with the front suspension of this truck since shortly after I purchased it new in March 2001. It has been back to the dealer 6 times, and they have replaced many parts, but the problem still persists. The front end makes a loud banging/popping noise when turning or going over bumps. It sounds like the tire is going to fall off the truck! many others I know have the same problem. They need to isue a recall on this serious safety issue before somebody is either seriously injured or killed!

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 252003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 50,000 miles
The vehicle was experiencing front end problems which included the ball joints, front end suspension and poor wheel balancing.

- Marstons Mills, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 022003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dakota that started knocking on bumps at approx. 25000 miles. I determined that this was not normal and took it to a 5 star dealer at approx. 34000 and 37000 miles at which both times they could not find a problem. It is very obvious there is an issue with the suspension. My father owns a 1995 Dakota that had the same problem. Once the ball joints were replaced, not by a Dodge dealership, the noise issue was resolved. There are many reviews stating this issue but chryler does nothing to address it. The only thing I am left to do is pay $800-$1000 to repair it. I unfortunately cannot afford this and risk having it break at anytime.

- Delmar, DE, USA

problem #4

Jul 102002

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will start to move to the right when the consumer applies the brakes while driving. Problem gets worse when driving at higher speeds. Vehicle has been to the dealer three times, but the repairs do not work. Contacted dealer. Consumer states the caiplers have been replaced on several occasions, also the vehicle was realigned, also there was an oil and transmissin leak.

- Pawpaw, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 182001

(reported on)

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Jump a little when hitting rough spots in the road. Problem became evident when traveling on a long gravel road

- Collbran, CO, USA

problem #2

Jul 122001

Dakota

  • miles
When pressing on brakes steering wheel pulls to right. When turning steering wheel on its own it makes a loud pop. Contacted dealer.

- Newman, CA, USA

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